On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the Rockland School District will be holding an Open House for Mrs. Bonnie Anderson. After 21 years as the Business Manager she will be retiring at the end of the 2015 school year. Please join us on Saturday in the cafeteria of the Rockland School between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Bonnie (Roper) Anderson was raised on the family ranch at the lower end of Rock Creek where her first love was riding horses. She attended American Falls Schools. Graduating in 1968 she moved to Pocatello and attended a year of college at ISU. That year her father had health issues and she felt the family could not afford for her to continue her schooling. During the next few years she worked at various jobs, (Lamb Weston, harvest truck driving, managing a bar). In 1978 she began working at the Power County Grain Growers. While doing her bookkeeping duties, she learned about the farm families of Power County as she researched patronage payments for the co-op. Bonnie married Monty Anderson in 1982. Besides their day jobs, they lived and worked on the Anderson family farm. Children John (1985) and Carolyn (1990) joined their older brothers Alan and Marty. In 1991 she left the PCGG and started working for Power County as Deputy Treasurer for Julie Zacharias. Because of her concern about the divisions in the school and valley, she ran for school board in 1986. For the next eight years she worked hard at making the residents find positive things about their school and community. She had the opportunity to apply for the job as District Clerk for the Rockland School District in 1994. This was the start of 21 years of one of the most interesting careers a person could ask for. The time has gone by quickly working with great teachers, administrators, board members, parents, and students. She even became a sports junkie when her children John and Carolyn were in high school. At the end of her career she is “Grandma” to the classmates of her granddaughter Gabby.
Over the years she was the secretary for the American Falls Rodeo Committee, 1975-1990; co-leader of the 4-H Rockland Livestock Club (with Curtis Munk) for about 22 years; Laity Leader for United Methodist Church (20+) years; Secretary for the Rockland Cub Scouts 1993-94; Treasurer for Power County Democrats for 20+ years. Bonnie was the Region 5 Rep for IASBO (Idaho Association of School Business Officials) for many years and worked with the American Falls- Aberdeen- Rockland HS Rodeo Club when her children were in high school.
She has helped her husband, Monty, keep the small farming/ranching operation on East Fork going.
She is looking forward to being able to return full time to life on the ranch, spending time with her family and working with the cows and horses. She may even relieve Monty of some of the lawn mowing duties. She plans to continue 4-H, church work, and keeping the local politics balanced.